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  • Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)
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    The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, initiated in 1921 by James Henry Breasted, is compiling a comprehensive dictionary of the various dialects of Akkadian, the earliest known Semitic language that was recorded on cuneiform texts that date from c. 2400 B.C. to A.D. 100 which were recovered from archaeological excavations of ancient Near Eastern sites. The Assyrian Dictionary is in every sense a joint undertaking of resident and non-resident scholars from around the world who have contributed their time and labor over a period of seventy years to the collection of the source materials and to the publication of the Dictionary.
  • Brill's New Pauly
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    The online equivalent of the print edition of both New Pauly and Neue Pauly (available in Doheny Reference/Classics, Call No. DE5.N4813 2002).This work provides authoritative coverage of the ancient world, from the prehistory of the Aegean (2d millennium BCE) to late antiquity, with a special section devoted to the history of the classical tradition and the history of classical scholarship. Scholarly articles, many illustrated with maps, site plans, genealogical tables, and photos.It is automatically updated whenever a new print volume is published.If you need to make extensive use of this database, you should read "Fonts, special characters, and appearance of the text," on the Welcome page.
  • Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations (DARMC)
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    The ///DARMC/ makes freely accessible the best available materials for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach to mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds. //It allows innovative spatial and temporal analyses of all aspects of the civilizations of western Eurasia in the first 1500 years of our era, as well as the generation of original maps illustrating differing aspects of ancient and medieval civilization.Coverage begins with the Roman Empire (based on the /Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World /and the Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites), continues through the Byzantine Empire and medieval Europe. Plans to include the Islamic world in the future.//Draws on the cartographic achievements of the as well as Pleiades, the online gazetteer and bibliography of classical sites.
  • Gnomon Online
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    A database for ancient history, classical philology, and archeology, Gnomon is an international bibliographical index to monographs, journal articles, conference papers, essays in collections and dissertations in many languages. It can be searched from 1990-present by subject, author, keyword, and/or publication. Words within the citation are linked to additional articles.Includes a thesaurus that bridges the gap between English and German terms common to classical studies. In English, French, and German.Produced by the publisher of the journal Gnomon (Doheny Journal Stacks, PA3.G6).
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text
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    Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including military history, women's history, history of education, and much more. This database provides indexing of historical articles from more than 1,800 journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 and access to the full text of more than 349 journals and more than 120 books.
  • InscriptiFact
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    The InscriptiFact Project is a database designed to allow access via the Internet to high-resolution images of ancient inscriptions from the Near Eastern and Mediterranean Worlds. The target inscriptions are some of the earliest written records in the world from an array of international museums and libraries and field projects where inscriptions still remain in situ. Included are, for example, Dead Sea Scrolls; cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia and Canaan; papyri from Egypt; inscriptions on stone from Jordan, Lebanon and Cyprus; Hebrew, Aramaic, Ammonite and Edomite inscriptions on a variety of hard media (e.g., clay sherds, copper, semi-precious stones, jar handles); and Egyptian scarabs. These ancient texts represent religious and historical documents that serve as a foundation and historical point of reference for Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the cultures out of which they emerged.
  • Projekt DYABOLA
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    DYABOLA provides access to subject catalogs of publications on the history of art and the ancient world. The most important is the Realkatalog des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Rom, the most comprehensive database for classical archaeology, dating back to 1956. Indexes books, festschrift, journals, and collected works on antiquities, art, and archaeology in the Mediterranean world from antiquity through the early Medieval period.
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  • Prosopography of the Middle Byzantine Period Online
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    The Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit Online is a comprehensive biographical dictionary for the Byzantine Empire in the early Medieval Period (641-1025 AD) documenting more than 20,000 persons. PMBZ Online is based on the print edition of the Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit which appeared in two parts 1998 and 2013. PMBZ Online documents all persons mentioned either by name or anonymously in the relevant Byzantine and non-Byzantine sources, and secondly all persons mentioned in the Byzantine sources both from Western Europe and from the Arabic and Slavonic areas, together with those from the Christian East. The individual articles/lemmata offer the reader a summary of a person's biography (where possible) and state all sources pertaining to this person as well as relevant modern scholarship. The contents of an article/lemma include: name in translation and in Greek, title/occupation, place, period, sex, clergy/laity, life, works, sources, and references.
  • State Archives of Assyrian Online
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    State Archives of Assyria Online (SAAo) is an open-access web resource that aims to make the rich Neo-Assyrian materials found in the royal archives of Nineveh, and elsewhere, more widely accessible.
  • Translated Texts for Historians E-Library
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    Translated Texts for Historians makes available sources translated from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, Georgian and Armenian, published between 300 and 800 AD.